Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Procrastinator's Party

Okay - maybe an announcement will make me do something with my dining room.
I am joining the Procrastinators Party at The Inspired Room.
(Surely this announcement will not "jinx" my intentions, right?!-- Sort of like - I will lose 20 pounds before we go to the beach.... and then I see more delicious desserts in one week than in a lifetime.)

Here is my project (to be completed by October 20th) - Yes, dear, I will need your help - that is why I sent you this link.........

This is my dining room. Please do not tell anyone how bad it looks - I typically keep the door shut.

Any tips for painting over deep red? And those are 11.5 -foot ceilings, by the way.

Why would anyone paint a north room -with only one window- dark RED?!! Okay, okay - I just thought it would look good, 10 years ago. But now I am headed toward pale yellow (my old faithful "go-to" color).
Wish me luck. And don't tease me too much when I fail to finish this by the 20th.

Okay - my mom just emailed me - "I saw your dining room on the "world wide web". Do you have no shame?"

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Sjn said...

I would definitely use a primer over the red first. A nice pale golden yellow will look great. You could even trim out the bottom and paint white trim paint there to make it look like Wainscoating! You can do it!

ButterYum said...

Ha... I love it. You should see my desk top! Seriously!!

Okay, tip for painting over red... go to the paint store and tell them you need a primer to go over red walls. Easy - they'll give you exactly what you need. My father was a painter for 40+ years... don't be temped to cover it with 2 coats of regular paint - there is not enough pigment in paint to cover and/or neutralize the red. Trust me... primer is your friend here!

On a side note, I like the red, but would maybe reduce it visually by painting a nice coordinating color above the chair rail, or maybe just paint pure white under the chair rail. That will break up the red so you don't feel so overwhelmed by it. Just a couple of thoughts for you.

Take care,

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Well you do get points for choosing a NICE red rather than that bright clown red that everyone seems so fond of.

I agree with the others - lots and lots of primer.

And you can't fail now, you have people holding you accountable. Heehee ;)

Carol in Indian Springs Village said...

I have a north facining dining room that is deep red (faux finished to look like red leather). I'm wanting to paint it lighter colors also so I will be interested to see how yours turns out! Good luck!

Stacey said...

Girl I am in the same shoes! My dining room is deep red on the east side of the house. We do have a big window but I'm just over that red. You go first and I will follow.

Sjn said...

girls, I have to tell you all, I've sold real estate and Red is the #1 color for dining rooms in Atlanta by 90%!
Try another color!

Alissa said...

well, it looks like i am not the only one that has a room like that! thanks! sure makes me feel better...anyways...i would use lots of primer. i really look forward to see how it goes for you. good luck!

Jayne said...

I love red, but if you change to yellow, it'll be lovely!
We all wish you well! Kilz or shellac (as primers) are your friend as everyone has said. We'll be back on the 20th to see your gorgeous room!
Jayne at mysongwithin

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Your mom's comment is so funny!

Well, I agree with everyone - lots of primer first! Good luck with it. Can't wait to see it when you are done.


Anonymous said...

Ha- you've got to love our Moms ;) !
Well I bet that red has looked great during many Christmases right? But a fresh yellow sounds great! I bet you can get it done!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

LOL, your mom's comment cracked me up. I cannot wait to see your after photo!! Quite a project but it will be a fun one once it is done!

Thanks for joining in! One week left!

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